Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9
It’s 28 years since the world was introduced to the 205 GTi, and yet the Peugeot is still regarded as the benchmark for modern hot hatches.
Introduced in 1983, the Peugeot 205 was an instant hit. With it’s fully independent suspension (Macpherson struts at the front and torsion bar at the rear) it was always a car that handled well. The GTi, based on a 3 door version of the 205, was introduced in 1984 and used a 1.6 litre engine that initially produced 105 bhp (later upped to 115bhp via new cams and cylider head), and featured stiffer springs, uprated shocks, specially strengthened mounting points and a front anti roll bar.
Reviews raved the 205′s speed and responsiveness (0-60 in 8.6 sec). The stiff suspension, lack of body roll and seemingly sharp, responsive steering made the GTi a hot hatch to be reckoned with.
The 1.9 was launched at the end of 1986 with a 130bhp engine, disc brakes all round, uprated suspension, half leather interior and electric windows as standard. That same year, the group B rally version of the 205, the 205 T16 won the world rally championship.